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Massage therapy in postoperative rehabilitation of children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: a pilot study
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2012 (English)In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, ISSN 1744-3881, E-ISSN 1873-6947, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 127-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the use of massage therapy in children with cerebral palsy undergoing post-operative rehabilitation. Material and method Three participants were randomized to massage therapy and another three participants to rest. All children had undergone surgery in one or two lower limbs. Pain, wellbeing, sleep quality, heart rate and qualitative data were collected for each child. Results The scores of pain intensity and discomfort were low in all participants. Heart rate decreased in participants who were randomized to rest, but no change was found in the massage therapy group. Conclusions The lack of decrease in heart rate in the study group of massage therapy may imply an increased sensitivity to touch in the post-operative setting. Further research with larger study populations are needed to evaluate how and when massage therapy is useful for children with cerebral palsy.

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Churchill Livingstone , 2012. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 127-131
Keywords [en]
Cerebral palsy, Pain, Physiotherapy, Post-operative
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Wellbeing
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Nursing
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Integrated Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1324DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.11.003PubMedID: 21742276Local ID: 2320/11470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1324DiVA, id: diva2:869348
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